WASHINGTON The race for a clean economy received a significant boost today with the launch of Activation Energy, a pioneering nonprofit that aims to drive hard energy technologies to market faster and more efficiently.

In one of its first moves to enhance the energy innovation ecosystem, Activation Energy is partnering with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to help expand the reach and impact of the Lab’s groundbreaking energy innovation program, Cyclotron Road. Cyclotron Road recruits the highest-level science and engineering talent from across the country and embeds them at Berkeley Lab to launch new energy technology startup companies.

Activation Energy will launch today at Activate 2016, where Cyclotron Road innovators are presenting to energy industry and finance leaders.

With decades of leadership in the energy sector, these individuals will help guide Activation Energy as it works to reduce barriers to energy technology innovation.

We are thrilled about the launch of Activation Energy, which enables us to help cultivate the entrepreneurial talent we need to stay competitive.”

We aim to dramatically accelerate the transformation of our energy sector. Transforming our energy system will require transforming the way we innovate. Our new partnership in support of Cyclotron Road aims to do just that.”

Activation Energy is a registered 501c3 non-profit that works with industry, investors and government partners, filling critical institutional gaps and removing barriers to enable hard technology innovators to drive breakthrough energy technologies to market faster and more efficiently.